Artist Darren a natural pick for project

Artist Darren Woodhead on the Bass Rock.
Artist Darren Woodhead on the Bass Rock.

A talented painter has been selected as the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative’s Artist-in-Residence after his brush with fame on the BBC.

Darren Woodhead may hail from West Yorkshire and currently call East Lothian home, but the go to artist for television’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch programmes is now turning his talents to the Falkirk area – specifically the natural beauty of the landscape and wildlife surrounding the Firth of Forth.

As the IFLI’s artist-in-residence for 2015/16, Darren will work with local communities to help change people’s perceptions of the area and highlight the work of IFLI, which seeks to reveal, restore and conserve the hidden cultural, historical and natural features of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth.

Darren said: “I have worked for many years along the mouth of the Forth so it’s exciting to be invited to work higher up the estuary. I find the combination of fauna and flora within a significant industrial setting intriguing, with so many possibilities.”

The Royal College of Art graduate was a natural choice for the IFLI.

Sue Walker, IFLI communications officer, said: “He paints directly from life, working outdoors in all conditions so the weather becomes part of the artwork.”